Full Stage Splash Returns!

Returning to a theatre near you, (depending on whether Highbury, London is near to you and what you personally consider as "near") Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book.  

We'll be performing at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Highbury on the 1st and 8th December at 9:30pm. You can buy tickets from here.

If you don't know, Full Stage Splash is our condensation of the history of comic books told using sketches, comedy devices and four very silly people. We originally performed it as part of the Camden Fringe festival and people seemed to like it (including some nice reviews) so we're performing it again.

We're very proud of this one; a lot of research and energy has gone into crafting a show that is fun to perform and watch.

Hello, it's Michael here.

I sometimes need to do a better job of keeping this front page up to date and talking to people; I'm a writer, I like forcing people to listen or read what I have to say, you'd have thought I'd relish this opportunity more. We tend to get very involved during show times, posting stuff on various social media accounts and then hiding away from it all once a show finishes and we can rest.

Thanks to everyone who came to see Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book, this August at the Etcetera Theatre. We had a lot of fun performing it, even though I'm sure we all came close to collapsing performing (or audiencing) in that room on the hottest days of the year. The feedback from those of you who came has been wonderful and truly uplifting to hear that most thought we achieved what we set out to do. Everyone seems to have a different favourite moment, which means I probably did my job right. We got six reviews for a show which ran for three nights. Full Stage Splash is our most reviewed show. And whilst the amount of love for the show varied, it's safe to say that they're all positive. We have collected them over on the press page.

For those of you who missed it, we'll probably perform it again. We're definitely doing a couple of Saturday nights in December and then who knows what we'll do in 2013. It all depends on if our fantastic team want to carry on. All I can say is I'm really looking forward to more shows, I can't imagine having more fun.

Full Stage Splash shows will be the only performances for a while though; we've been doing producing theatre for just over three years now and in that time we've done The Quest for Beauty, Stripped, Stand-Up Comics (twice) and Full Stage Splash and that includes me writing the latter three. I've put some stuff I've wanted to write on hold so that we could do these shows, so that we could get experience and enjoy ourselves but it looks like the fourth year of The Sigil Club could pretty much be a year off. We need some downtime to prep for Sigil Club Year 5 and beyond. So yeah, sorry if you miss us but we might be quiet for about a year now. And that's quiet meaning writing, performing some FSS, pre-production, rehearsals and maybe some web content.

Oh and news on everyone else.
Jackie is taking people's blood.
Kris has set up his photography studio.
Kate is performing in another show with Theatre of the Damned
Dan has eaten various meats.

The Timeline

Here is a timeline showing roughly what we cover in Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book.

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Who's Who? Entering Spoiler Territory

This is the full list of every character each performer will be portraying in Full Stage Splash. Some stick around longer than others and some might be a bit of a surprise. We recommend not looking ahead and spoiling some stuff but if gathering information and having a sense of completion is your thing, then this is for you.

Daniel Farley - Hero, Doctor, Hercules, Popeye, Spaceman, Storyteller 2, Mr Fantastic, French Clerk, Editor 3, Iceman, Thunderbird, Mimic, Jim Lee, Batman, Captain Marvel, The Flash, Narrator, Dan.

Kate Quinn - Olivia, Mother, Storyteller 1, Human Torch, Spider-Man, Comix Seller, Editor 1, Cyclops, Angel, Gambit, Rob Liefeld, Wonder Woman, Woman, Narrator, Kate.

Kris Wood - Villain, Zorro, The Phantom, Scarlet Pimpernel, War, Wonder Woman Puppet, Batman Puppet, Male Puppet, The Thing, Bruce Banner, Customer, Editor 2, Storm, Thunderbird III, Husk, Marvel President, Superman, Green Lantern, Kung-Fu Man, Narrator, Kris.

Michael Eckett - Evil Nazi Scientist, Horror, Westerns, Wertham, Host, Thor, Japanese Clerk, Writer, Joseph, Xorn, Magneto, Evil Scientist, Todd McFarlane, Batman, Narrator, Michael.

Three weeks to go

We're entering the mad dash towards opening night for Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book (tickets available here) and we still have a lot to cover.

Our rehearsal on Monday showed us that whilst all the cast have gelled well and are great in the sketches, some of the longer more fact based sections are proving to be a bit difficult to memorise. We should have it down once we're going over things more regularly. We also finally got our sheet on Kris Wood, Kate Quinn and Dan Farley.

Not because they were naughty (we wouldn't get them out of the sheet if that were the case. Wait. What?) but for some odd costuming.

And then last night we had our prop designer/ builder-ey people come over to HQ for a design session whilst Jackie helped and Michael created some wordballoons and thoughtbubbles. Here's everyone in action.

So Full Stage Splash will be on at the Etcetera Theatre on August 16th, 17th and 18th at 7.30pm as part of the Camden Fringe. It is definitely going to be fun.

Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book

(Hey You! Are you hoping to see a hilarious condensation of history at the Camden Fringe? Well that time has passed. People liked it, see for yourself here. But do not fear, we're performing the show again at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Highbury, London on the 1st and 8th of December. Tickets can be purchased here. If you see us there, feel free to wave enthusiastically.) 

Tickets for Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book (or Full Stage Splash for short (FSS shorter still)) are now ON SALE! You can get them here. We're performing at the Etcetera Theatre on August 16th, 17th and 18th at 7.30pm.

What is Full Stage Splash? Well here's what the Camden Fringe website has to say:

Last year The Sigil Club dared to create a comic book sitcom that was described as "a thoroughly humorous and enjoyable 60 minutes". Will you risk missing their latest radical undertaking as they attempt to fit the entire history of comic books into one hour of comedy?

WARNING: May contain explosive sound effects, angry puppets and history.

So it's a piece of theatre hoping to fit the history of the comic book medium into one hour of comedy, using sketches, puppets, fights and seven-foot long diagrams to educate and entertain. It's a rather ambitious undertaking but I think everyone involved is excited by what we have come up with. FULL STAGE SPLASH is going to be a fast paced condensation of a large topic that can be enjoyed by experts and those with no prior knowledge. It is a humorous take on the historical, social and political changes which affected how the people in capes foil the evil villains' schemes. If we had to point to things similar to it then we'd say the work of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the popular 'Horrible Histories' television show and we guess Potted Potter (but we unfortunately haven't been able to see Potted Potter).

You don't need to know anything about comics to enjoy the show, that's what the show is there to teach you. We're hoping to provide information on why comics were created when they were and how they have changed over the years, including the influences from foreign comics, cinema trends and the companies being bought by large corporations. Hopefully people will come away no longer wondering who were the mob controlled companies to print the first comic books? How did the inventor of the polygraph come to create Wonder Woman? Why were millions of comic books burnt in the 1950s? Anyone who does know their comics will enjoy the way we present the material and will hopefully come away learning something or at least being able to reflect on something. We're giving the people the Hulk, Thor and Spider-man group therapy session they have always secretly craved.

We've got a very talented, small group of people to work on this; all of whom we've worked with before and are really happy to be working with again. Our cast is:

Dan Farley
Kate Quinn
Kris Wood
Michael Eckett

The script is by Michael and it will be worked on by the cast over the next couple of months.

Please bear in mind that our show last year did sell out and so we do recommend booking tickets. (Again they are here) You can be one of the lucky 126 people to see Full Stage Splash at the Camden Fringe. And if you can't make the show and feel like you're missing out, the best way to get us to put on the show again is to make sure we're successful this time. Please tell friends, please encourage others, bring people along and share all these links we're providing. If you do we'll send Kris and Dan round to personally hug you all.

Look out for more information and propaganda in the coming weeks. Our teaser images are all collected at our facebook page (Like us or something), there will be up to date information and facts on the Twitter feed, you can ask questions about the show or odd personal questions at our formspring and you can see videos of our previous work on our vimeo which we will update with a trailer for this show once we have one.

And if anyone wants to interview us regarding the show for print, digital or a podcast, or just ask questions you can contact us on sigilclub@gmail.com or via our Twitter.

We're tremendously excited about the show and getting to be part of the Camden Fringe again. We hope everyone else taking part this year enjoys the experience as much as we do and I wish you so much success. 

Two Days

This is it. The last tease of our new Camden Fringe show before all the details are revealed and tickets go on sale.

We're really excited about what this show is; it's a very different kind of thing for us and whilst that isn't apparent from the images we've put up, it will make a lot more sense at the end of the week.

But I do think you can get an idea of the humour.

Four Days

We're closer to giving full details of our show at the Etcetera Theatre as part of this year's Camden Fringeso here's another image.

 It's not necessarily what you think...

Six Days

The Sigil Club. August 16th, 17th and 18th. Etcetera Theatre.

All revealed in less than a week.

Eight Days

Just what is the new Sigil Club show that's being performed on the 16th, 17th and 18th August at the Etcetera Theatre?

All will be revealed when the full programme of this year's Camden Fringe is announced on the 1st of June.

Until then we'll be teasing.....

Camden Fringe 2012

We're excited to announce our involvement in the The Camden Fringe Festival 2012. We'll be performing a new, ambitious show on the 16th, 17th and 18th August at the Etcetera Theatre.

So if anyone is trying to find something to do in between the Olympic and Paralympic Games, I have something to suggest...

(All manner of promotion to follow soon)